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By Dave Fleming : 18 October, 2018

You might be comfortable paying off your mortgage now, but what if things change? Here are some tips on how to avoid a mortgage stress fracture.

https://www.mastermortgagebrokersydney.com.au - note spelling out how to avoid mortgage stress - stress is spelled in dramatic red lettersPaying off a mortgage is one of the biggest financial challenges you and your family will ever tackle.

And it isn’t easy – mortgage repayments take up about one-quarter of a family’s income on average, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 Census.

While most families manage, what happens if your circumstances change?

An unexpected redundancy, relationship breakdown, illness or accident can dramatically impact your ability to make your payments and put you in mortgage stress.

But first, what is mortgage stress?

While there isn’t a technical definition for the term, mortgage stress is generally considered to occur when a person or family is spending 30% or more of their income on home loan repayments.

There are also a range of other criteria which would suggest you’re experience mortgage stress.

If you’re paying only the interest on your home loan, borrowing money from family, or having difficulty paying your bills, then you might be experiencing mortgage stress.

I don’t have a problem now, why worry?

It’s unwise to assume your circumstances will never change. An accident or illness can befall a person at any time, and the impact on your finances can be devastating.

An increase in interest rates can also have a significant impact on your mortgage repayments. A simple 0.25% rate hike can increase repayments on the average Australian loan ($375,000) by about $50 a month.

Over the course of a year – and with a potential of further rate hikes – this can really chew into your disposable income.

Ok, so how can I avoid it?

The smart borrower won’t wait for their circumstances to change, they’ll start planning now to make sure they can weather a storm if it hits.

Steps you can take to reduce your risk include:

Step 1: Use a mortgage calculator to see what your repayments would will look like if there was a rate increase. Would you be able to keep up?

Step 2: Review your current income and expenses, and make a new family budget. Use it to track where your money is going and where savings can be made, so you can either pay off your mortgage sooner or get by if things go awry.

Step 3: If you’re worried about your mortgage, or concerned about the impact of a future rate hike, come pay us a visit.

We can talk to you about your situation and help you make a plan to ensure a small problem doesn’t become a big one.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

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By Dave Fleming : 18 October, 2018

They grow up so fast. One minute they’re nagging you for a dollhouse, the next, it’s for help buying a two bedroom unit in an up-and-coming suburb. If you always find it hard to say ‘no’ to your kids, here’s how to say ‘yes’ the right way.

mortgage brokers - man wandering in the desertYou’ve probably heard your children complain about how hard it is to crack into today’s property market.

And smashed-avocado shenanigans aside, they do have a point. It is tougher nowadays.

With the property market constantly on the up-and-up, reaching that 10% to 20% deposit can feel like a mirage for your child.

The good news is that you can help them obtain that slightly out-of-reach home loan by using the equity in your property.

How it works

Banks find it risky to lend to borrowers who have an unstable job or low deposit. But they do allow seemingly more-reliable immediate family members to guarantee a home loan.

Guarantor loans have huge benefits for your children, including:

No deposit required: If guaranteed against a parent’s property equity, your child may be entitled to borrow 100% to 110% of the purchase price of a property. That means no deposit is required. Instead, your child can focus their savings on white goods and repayments.

Discounted interest rates: Guarantor loans can come with reduced interest rates and we can help you secure a great deal.

No Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI): Your child will likely not need to get LMI because the equity is usually enough of a guarantee to protect the lender against losses.

Things parents should keep in mind

Sounds great, right? But it’s not entirely without its risks. Here’s what you as a parent need to keep in mind:

Safeguard your credit report: Be sure that you can honour the repayments in case things go awry and your child is unable to pay. You should be positive that they will uphold their end of the bargain, but also prepare for the unexpected.

Financial risk versus emotional benefits: Going guarantor makes you financially responsible if your child defaults on payments. The emotional benefits, however, can outweigh the risk.

Impacts on your borrowing capacity: Future credit providers will take into account the guaranteed loan. They will assess your borrowing capacity based on it, and whether or not you are an active participator in the repayments of your child’s mortgage.

How we can help

We understand that when it comes to your children, it can be near-impossible to take your emotions out of decision making. That’s where we come in.

We can help you calculate whether or not you have the equity to make this work, and assess your child’s financial capabilities to see if they’re in a position to be making repayments.

We’ll also help you understand your legal liability as a guarantor before helping you make the big decision. So give us a call today.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

By Dave Fleming : 18 October, 2018

In a perfect world you select a property to buy, complete with white picket fence, and the settlement goes through on the agreed date without a hitch. But as we all know, we don’t live in a perfect world.

loan broker - hands shaking across a business deskWhen you buy or sell a property you go through a ‘settlement period’, which is the time designated for the buyer to complete payment of the contract before becoming the owner of the home.

Up until the settlement goes through the home is the property of the existing owner.

And with a large home deposit at stake, you’ll want to ensure you choose the right period length.

How much time should I give myself?

Generally, settlement periods are 30, 42, 60 or 90 days.

In NSW a 42 day settlement period is the most common, but in most other places around the country it’s 60 days.

Just because it’s common, however, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for your situation (or the seller’s).

You see, both the buyer and the seller must agree on the settlement period.

However, you may have competing motivations, so this can be tricky.

Whatever the case, just make sure you allow yourself enough time for conveyancing, bank financing approval, organising the move, undertaking requested repairs for the buyer, and negotiating settlements for your other property interests.

Also, keep in mind that if you buy the property at an auction, there will already be a settlement date indicated in the contract.

If you can’t meet that date, chat to the selling agent before signing on the dotted line to see if another date is agreeable.

You might push for a longer settlement period if:

– If you’re the seller and you’re still looking for a property to purchase
– If you’re a buyer and you haven’t yet sold your own home
– You’re selling and the buyer has requested you repair something
– If you have an upcoming event that you want to deal with first (wedding, big overseas trip, etc)
– Someone is going guarantor on the loan or you’re purchasing through a family trust
– You’re buying off the plan, as the scheme has to be registered with the titles office
– You need to save more money as a buffer (especially if you’re upgrading or will be renovating).

You might push for a shorter settlement period when:

– You’re a seller who has already found another home
– You’re a buyer who has already sold your current home and needs to move quickly
– A holiday period or big event is coming up and you’re keen to move in beforehand
– You’d like to undertake work on the property sooner rather than later
– You need cash flow.

It’s important to get right

One-in-five property settlements in Australia are delayed by about one week so it’s important to give yourself a comfortable buffer.

While each party can request a settlement extension if a delay occurs, that doesn’t mean the other party has to agree.

This is where it gets a little tricky. Each state and territory has different laws, and every contract differs.

Queensland’s laws are probably the most stringent. For example, either the buyer or the seller can terminate the contract, sue for damages, and keep/lose their deposit if the other party is not ready to buy on time.

Other states have a little bit more leeway.

In NSW and Tasmania an extra 14 days can be given, in WA and SA buyers are given three days’ grace before penalty interest applies, and in Victoria a seller can immediately start charging a tardy buyer penalty interest.

Final word

So that’s negotiating a settlement period in a nutshell.

The best news? That’s about as much negotiating as you’ll need to do. Because when it comes to negotiating a loan with a lender, we’ve got you covered.

If you’d like to find out more about our services, get in touch, we’d love to help you out.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

By Dave Fleming : 18 October, 2018

So you’ve found the ideal property and it’s time to source finance? Here’s how to play your cards right and get a great home loan deal sorted before the settlement date.

Mortgage broker- playing cards on a poker tableEducating the kids, wedding planning, plumbing – there are some things in life that are better outsourced to professionals.

Similarly, when you’ve finally found the home of your dreams, and you need to keep ahead of the avalanche of tasks that follow, using the services of a mortgage broker can make the process a lot less overwhelming.

Your three choices

Basically, there are three ways you can go about getting your loan. You can go straight to your bank, you can look for the best deal yourself, or you can seek the help of a mortgage broker.

However, as buying a home is quite likely the biggest single financial transaction that you’ll ever make in your life, it’s important to make the right choice.

1. Going to your bank

For some people, it’s natural to go straight to the bank because that’s what you know and trust and it’s probably what your parents did.

But this can be a mistake. There are dozens of lenders out there who may be offering better deals, and your bank may take advantage of you not shopping around due to your misplaced loyalty to them.

If you have established a good credit history and a steady income, chances are that you’ll still be able to get a good interest rate through a bank. What they can’t and won’t do though is tell you if there is a better deal available elsewhere.

2. Going it alone

You can jump online and start doing loan comparisons yourself. Be aware though, that there are differences in criteria, so it’s not altogether straightforward and online calculators will have built-in assumptions.

You will need to have a good understanding of the industry and a good grip on the terminology.

You’ll also need to understand the implications of loan terms, fixed interest and variable interest options, interest only vs principal and interest, mortgage protection insurance, credit history, and employee vs self-employed status.

Finally, you’ll need to consider redraw options and offset accounts. That’s a lot to weigh up in a short amount of time – especially if you need to source finance quickly.

3. Using a broker

Having a home loan broker is like having a personal shopper who will research and compare hundreds of available market options in search of the best deal for you. We’re also required to hold or operate under an Australian Credit Licence.

A broker will have access to multiple lenders and multiple products, will be able to compare and recommend suitable loan options, negotiate the loan on your behalf, and guide you through from application to settlement.

We also don’t cost any extra. That’s because we’re paid a commission by the lender. Rest assured though, that we’re driven to secure the best possible home loan deal for you.

After all, having you tell family and friends at your house warming party about how we secured you a great home loan is much more valuable to us than slight variations in commissions.

The choice is yours

Any of these three options will get you there, but choosing a mortgage broker like us is likely the best way to be fully informed before you commit to a loan.

We’re happy to answer any questions you have, any time, meaning you don’t have to trawl through pages upon pages of Google to find the correct answer.

It’s also the most stress free way of getting your finance lined up in time, so that the home of your dreams doesn’t get snatched up by someone else!

If you’d like to know more about how we can secure a great home loan for you, get in touch today.

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Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

By Dave Fleming : 18 October, 2018

mortgage brokerThe ability to obtain a mortgage in Australia to purchase a home, investment property or refinance an existing loan is rapidly changing. Up until recently all you had to do was fill out an application with your personal details, provide some documents that verified your income, 100% identification documents and some statements confirming the balances on any liabilities you had.

A lot of people have no idea exactly how mortgage loans function in today’s market, therefore applying for one these days can be a little bit complicated. If you want to understand everything you can about home mortgage loans, then you should check out the article content which comes next. Stay with me in to the subsequent paragraphs to discover a number of helpful ideas and items of wisdom which can help you choose a superior home loan.

They are now asking a lot more questions
Because of regulatory requirements lenders are now forced to check to see if you can really afford the loan amount you are applying for. Up until now when you applied for a mortgage you had to state what your monthly living expenses were. If the amount you stated was in line with The Henderson Poverty Index (HPI) nobody asked any questions even if you were driving a Ferrari and had 3 kids in private school on an $80,000 a year salary.

However, this has all changed and through regulatory pressures lenders are now obliged to take a lot closer look on whether you can afford the mortgage you are asking for.

How do lenders calculate your living expenses? There are two main methods that Australian lenders now use for calculating mortgage applicants living expenses: The Henderson Poverty Index (HPI) and the Household Expenditure Measure (HEM).

The HPI or Henderson Poverty Index
The HPI was the go to expense measurement for most lenders prior to the introduction of the National Consumer Credit Protection (NCCP) act. Nowadays though, it is seldom used. It wasmortgage brokers originally predicated on a survey of 1950’s families living in New York, however for Australian use it had some tweaks made to it to update it for the local market. Basically it’s an index calculated around the expenses of a family that has two adults and two kids, from that base they used fraction multipliers for various family structures to figure out what the expenses would be for different family scenarios.

The HPI and HEM are very much alike if applied to a couple with two kids under eighteen; nonetheless, the HEM isn’t as forgiving as the HPI when it comes to sole parent families and singles.

The HEM is now becoming the method of choice for nearly all lenders in Australia today, because it was created solely centered on Australian living expenditure information, and specifically because it analyses each family type separately.

The (HEM) or Household Expenditure Method
The HEM has now become the method of choice for most lenders when it comes to the two mechanisms and it has been established by using more than 600 regularly used household items from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Household Expenditure Survey or (HES). The HEM calculates the median expenditures of the absolute basics that someone would spend their money on (food of course, power bills, personal transport, tv, phones internet, clothing for the family). Added to that is a 25th percentile of all expenses for your discretionary basics, this will include spending on things like eating out, alcohol and childcare. Then there are expenses that are non essential, like holidays overseas or nationally that are left out of the calculations. Mortgage payments and/or rental expenses are also left out of the HEM.

Nevertheless, lenders will insist that loan applicants reveal any expenses they have over and above the HEM’s index. In other words they will drill down to find out exactly what you’re spending your money on and whether or not you have enough money left over to make the mortgage payments you claim you can afford.

Some lenders will even go to the lengths of asking for your latest bank account transaction and credit card statements so they can analyse precisely what your spending habits are.

How to increase your borrowing capacity
Never take on fresh financial debt and also pay back your established financial obligations conscientiously whilst waiting for your home mortgage verdict. As soon as your personal debt is reduced, you’ll be eligible for a more significant home finance loan. Should your personal debt be substantial, the loan request could be turned down. In the event you are approved, your rates of interest will probably be quite high.

You should not spend extravagantly while you wait around for acceptance. An excessive amount of spending may well put up a warning sign to your mortgage provider should they do a further credit assessment a couple of days prior to your appointed getting together. If you have to carry out any significant transactions, hold back until you have signed the settlement documents.

The importance of job security
Your employment track record needs to be comprehensive in order to be eligible for a home loan. Many financiers demand a reliable 2 year employment record so that you can be approved. If you happen to change jobs excessively, you might not be in a position to get yourself a home loan. Never ever give up your employment whenever you make application for a mortgage

Don’t hide
Should you get into difficulty making your moprtgage repayments on time continue to keep talking with the financial institution that carries your home loan in every situation. Ahead of any predicament reaching the foreclosure stage, the intelligent customer understands that it truly is worth trying to create alternative arrangements with the lender. Give them a call and consult with them concerning your problems, and find out exactly what they are able to do.

The cash you will need
Chances are your mortgage company will demand a deposit. A number of financial institutions would once say yes to mortgages with out a deposit in advance, but that’s incredibly uncommonbest mortgage broker nowadays. Prior to going forward with any application form, always ask what the deposit is likely to be.

Just before you make an attempt to find a new home loan, check to see if property values have gone down. Get a property valuation ahead of re-financing your home loan to make sure you have sufficient home equity to really make the procedure advisable.

One size does not fit all
Figure out which kind of mortgage loan you must have. There are many differing types of mortgage loans. There are various time frames, a variety of repayment plans and a varying range of loan rates. You should educate yourself on the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The ideal individual to check this out with this is your mortgage broker. The mortgage broker can easily show you all your possible choices across a full range of mortgage providers.

Lenders to avoid
Be vigilant for mortgage companies who aren’t dependable. Undesirable mortgage loan techniques can easily wind up costing you a ton of money.
Steer clear of slick talkers or loan merchants who choose to talk fairly quickly in order to try and trick you. Should the interest rates seem to be too high, be sure you do not sign-up to anything. Under no circumstances trust someone who claims your less-than-perfect credit just isn’t a problem. Last but not least, under no circumstances tell a lie on any credit application, and steer clear of any loan providers who try to advise you otherwise.

Don’t be blind to fees and charges
Make certtain that you find out what all of the mortgage loan service fees and other associated costs will be prior to you signing a home mortgage loan contract. You’ll certainly be expected to pay out settlement costs, possible commission costs along with other service fees.

Lending products with a variable rate of interest should be considered carefully. Because, as the economic climate adjusts, the interest rate of your mortgage can change at the same time and it could set you back a great deal more when it comes to interest charges. This may lead you to be unable to keep up your repayments.

When was the last time you looked at your credit report?

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A favorable credit record is essential to obtaining a favourable home loan. Find out what your credit score is. Deal with any errors against your credit report, as well as do your very best to enhance your own credit score. Consolidate all of your personal debt into just one personal loan using the most competitive interest rate you are able to get, not to mention pay it religously on time each and every month.

If need be, clean up your credit history prior to looking for a new home loan. In order to get qualified to apply for any mortgage loan in today’s world you’ll require good credit. Loan providers have to know you’ll pay your debts. Therefore before you decide to submit an application, be sure that your credit rating is nice and clean.

Look beyond the rate of interest
The rate of interest you are able to get for a home loan is very important, however it is not the sole step to take into account. There are numerous additional service fees that could vary from lender to lender, also. Take into account the charges for settlement, the mortgage type being offered, and any points. You ought to get quotes from different financial institutions before you make any final decision.

As previously mentioned, lots of people have no idea of the very first thing in relation to obtaining a mortgage loan. It isn’t too difficult if you happen to grasp the procedure. Keep in mind these helpful hints so you can be geared up whenever you make an application for for a home mortgage.

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